As long as profit is the driving force of our MSM and Truth, a dispensible sideshow, the battle against the pandemic, climate change, economic injustice, and for our democratic unity will not be just tougher but will continue to be a planned political strategy.
Malevolent fringe groups, smelling blood on the periphery, seek to prey on the confused, reaching out to them when no one else will. This all takes place on a stage set by a corporate entity that has no care for the damage it leaves behind. How we choose to perceive, navigate and communicate this social crisis will have a bearing on the outcomes of our communities and determine the future state of our national harmony. Why is it on the population to bear the burden of these considerations? Without a national message and guidance, without a press willing or able to talk truth to power, Australians are left to fend for themselves in a murky maelstrom of misinformation and political self-interest.
Source: Government and media misinformation making the pandemic tougher
After starving universities of funding, Australian conservatives now want to set up an institute dedicated to right-wing leader Robert Menzies. Its only purpose will be to shift public debate to the right and provide Liberal hacks with subsidized employment.
Source: Melbourne University’s Robert Menzies Institute Is a Right-Wing Con
As the Republican Party takes more and more UNPOPULAR positions, corporations have little choice but to distance themselves from that political party.
Source: Corporations Forced To Back Away From GOP | Crooks and Liars
The harder it becomes for Trump to campaign on the economy in the months ahead, the more important culture war issues and rally-the-base moves will become for him. It isn’t inconceivable that Trump could pull off a narrow Electoral College victory in 2020 even if the U.S. goes into a recession, but doing do would mean firing up his base as much as possible and benefitting from a low Democratic turnout — and there are many culture war and nativist themes that could become even more important to Trump if the economy declines.
Abortion is at the top of the list.
Christian right that Supreme Court justices aren’t the only people he would be nominating for the federal judiciary in 2021 and beyond.
Trump can rally his Christian Right supporters with school prayer, but anti-immigrant rhetoric.
rolling back Obama-era protections against anti-gay discrimination in the workplace allowing companies to discriminate against those who offend a contractor’s religious views.
Anti-Islam extremism is another issue Trump will likely pander to in 2020.
claiming that Democrats could never love Israel as much as he does is a way for Trump to rally his far-right base.
via Trump and the Culture Wars: Here Are the Divisive Themes the President Will Focus on as His Economic Policies Crumble | The Smirking Chimp
There’s one thing studio execs probably didn’t count on: Fox News.
Reporting that followed the film’s cancellation illustrated just how afraid the studio is of right-wing media and their followers.
That exact scenario played out nearly word-for-word last week — only with the sides neatly reversed. Buckling under pressure from outraged conservative media and Trump, Universal Pictures first paused promotion of an upcoming movie and then scrapped it altogether. The brief, bizarre controversy was an instructive example of how right-wing media outlets are waging the culture war under Trump, all while constantly claiming that it’s liberals who promote outrage culture.
The truth is that our society has an extremely asymmetric view of outrage culture, and that’s largely thanks to the ever-efficient right-wing feedback loop. To combat this one-sided perspective, journalists at mainstream news organizations need to start looking at complaints and popular outrage in a much more macro context. Until they do so, Fox News and others will continue to utilize selective political outrage to advance their agenda unchecked.
via What the cancelation of The Hunt says about the power of right-wing outrage culture | Media Matters for America